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photo (cropped) by Owen Biddle                             

January Photo Newsletter

 Brrrr.... Photo Ideas for the Winter

January Workshop


Two-Session Photo Workshop

Step in from the Cold:  Still life by Candles and Flashlight!

Mondays  1/20, 1/27  7:00 - 8:30

Step indoors and discover the beautiful possibilities of still life photography. This kind of photography allows great control of all the elements of the image: subject matter, color, lighting, arrangement - letting us bring out pictures that reflect a mood and invite stillness.

Session 1:  discussion and hands-on experience

Session 2:  Share your work from the intervening week






photo by Owen Biddle



     January Photo Field Trips

Horticulture Center

Sunday  1/12  10:00 - 12:00

This beautiful greenhouse located in Fairmount Park lends itself to a more meditative photo experience. Inside you will find a variety of plants to explore. Here is an opportunity to slow down, to really see and appreciate the incredible structures, patterns and textures in these living things. The intricate lines and shapes of leaves and stems are also outstanding for black and white. An ideal chance to learn about close-up nature photography.  Bring your tripod and macro lens, if you have one.                        

Location:  Philadelphia











photo by Owen Biddle


Ice Skaters at Dilworth Plaza  

Sunday  1/26  3:00 - 5:00

 A street level skating rink with our Beaux Art City Hall as a background, this setting provides an ideal vantage point for catching gaily dressed skaters as they whiz by.  Practice both stop-action and panning for some cool action shots.  Very wintry!

Location:  Philadelphia










Gift Certificates Available


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Upcoming DSLR Fundamentals Classes

Please note:  Private individual classes are always another option. Call (610)-626-7854 for details and scheduling.

All classes held in Lansdowne

(click on links for more information)

Fundamentals 1:  Camera Operations   is for students who are just starting out, or want a
good review of the basic camera functions.                  

Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30  1/4,  1/11,  1/18,  1/25

Fridays  7:00 - 8:30  1/10,  1/17,  1/24, 1/31

Fundamentals 2:  Applications  is for students who have some comfort with the camera and want to start applying their skills to expand their photographic range.

Thursdays  7:00 - 8:30  1/9,  1/16,  1/23,  1/30

Fundamentals 3:  Composition  takes photography beyond the subject, and encourages you see the artistic and compositional opportunities in everyday life. Here is a chance for your right brain to come out and play!

Wednesdays  7:00 - 8:30  1/8,  1/15,  1/22,  1/29

Fundamentals 4:  Lighting Across the Genres is for students who are  ready for the next critical step: lighting.  Explore sophisticated means of controlling both natural and artificial light for portraits, landscape and still life to get just the mood and effects you want.

TBD  Please call us to discuss dates  (610) 626 - 7854

Advanced Photography

TBD  Please call us to discuss dates  (610) 626 - 7854




Upcoming Photo Salon


Sunday 3:00 4:30   January 19

These are very friendly, relaxed get-togethers at my apartment in Lansdowne. Photographers of all levels are welcome to share pictures, get photography tips, and discuss camera equipment. You can also get ideas for entering photography contests, submitting to photography magazines and having photo shows. Feedback from the group provides encouragement and inspiration to go out and take more pictures. These informal photography critiques offer an excellent opportunity to start identifying themes in your work and to get ideas for new directions. Group size is limited, so if you can come an RSVP is required by email or call (610) 626-7854. Cost is $10.  These Salons often fill-up,

so it's best to get your spot early



Photographer of the Month

Mark Ferguson










Here's what Mark has to say about himself:

"My father was a photographer. Spending time with him sparked my interest in photography and led me me to enroll in the Owen Biddle  School of Photography.  While there I learned the history of past photographers and that helped me develop  a photographic eye. I have been travelling extensively these last few years and have enjoyed taking photos and also enjoy inspiring others.  I like looking at the world around us, and what's in front of us. Black and White photography is my favorite.  It captures life's emotions and makes a photo look unique!   Looking through the lens, my goal is to capture hopes, dreams, and inspire others!"

   Yep, Mark, you inspire many - both with your gorgeous images and with your infectious love of the craft which you share every chance you get!  This collection of pictures is varied - each image unique and original.  But taken together they reveal a very sophisticated eye and a terrific sense of color.  And Mark's warm humanity shines through every time. 

   Mark is modest about so many of his accomplishments, but I take  great pleasure watching his endeavors in photography education in our area. He has initiated several youth-oriented projects in the Philadelphia schools and our own Lansdowne Library. And he has even opened up some really rewarding experiences for Owen as he partners with Mark in this work.   This interaction with  young photographers is clearly another passion for Mark.  



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